Kyrie Irving has dreamed of playing for the nets almost as long as he can remember dreaming of something.
And the New Jersey product made it happen, confirming his decision to come to Brooklyn on Monday in a video on Instagram.
"It was fourth grade, I just finished seeing the nets in the final. When I knew it was a dream I wanted to fulfill, I had to manifest what I had to get it," Irving said.
"I had to put in my time I had to spend my hours. I had to work relentlessly on a craft and do it with a passion and love that no one could take away."
set to music by Jay-Z, who was a part-owner (governor?) Nets, a Brooklyn icon and the founder of Roc Nation, changed the agency Irving to recently.
But Irving's love for the nights goes far beyond Jay-Z's commitment to the franchise. And his desire to come home even expects their flight to Brooklyn. This was a master plan that was a long time to do.
Irving grew up in West Orange, N.J., attending Nets games and rooting for point guard Jason Kidd. In the video, Irving admits that his goal was always to come home to play. He chose not to be drafted by Cleveland and was traded to Boston after forcing his Cavalier exit. It was the first time he had control of his fate, and he did it to come home.
"In my heart I knew I would always play at home," Irving said. "Home is where my heart is, and it has always been there, simply because of such a great love that I have for my family and the way I grew up."
Expect to get plenty of salt from Boston fans when they finally meet Celtics next season. They point to Irving's enigmatic persona, October promise to return and possibly ugly exit.
But for Irving – who was on St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. – the lid was always strong locally. In January, the post had reported that he did not actually intend to live in Boston and that the networks could and should make him a high priority in the free agency.
While the nights stared at him, he stared at them.  "They're a young core that expects it," Irving said about the networks back in January. "So it's exciting to see what they've been able to achieve this season, starting with the way they did and now coming along quite strong as well as late, they play pretty well."
Irving never met with Boston coach Brad Stevens, according to Bleacher Report. And his relationship with his young teammates went south with a June 28 ESPN report, indicating an instance when he was annoyed when they went to party in South Beach after the first game from back-to-back and was hammered. in the other. 19659014] When the All-Star weekend rolled around, he already made a car park for Kevin Durant to get together in New York, where the Warriors star established a media company.
But it was Brooklyn's deeper roster, better infrastructure and more successful season, which first swung Irving over the East River from Knicks to the nets. Brooklyn Guard Spencer Dinwiddie helped recruit Irving, which in turn helped lure Durant.
For Irving, who recently bought a house in South Orange near his childhood neighborhood, it has been a winding, twisted road back to the area. But he insisted that he would not change a single step or fail.
"I wouldn't change anything at all on this trip. It has brought me back here and it's home," Irving said on the Instagram video. "And home is where my family is, home is where I want my legacy to continue. And I'm happy to be in Brooklyn."